“Kiln and Canvas”

“Kiln and Canvas” Show Highlights Two Mediums at CasaBella Gallery. The May show at CasaBella Fine Art Gallery, “Kiln & Canvas”, is an homage to the art of pottery featuring two artists whose work celebrates the traditions and lore of an ancient craft. The show opens on Thursday, May 4th at 5pm. Both artists will be available to meet and greet and discuss their work.

Potter Karen Sebasta representing the “Kiln” part of the show, is an incredibly talented artist, whose works reflect Native American techniques with her own unique firing and polishing processes.

Karen Sebesta has always been drawn to pottery made by the native people of Mexico and the Southwest, particularly the smooth feel and rich color of the highly polished black pottery and carvings and textures used to decorate the vessels. Karen has studied with Michael Wisner of Colorado and master potter Juan Quezada of Mata Ortiz, Mexico, where she learned the native traditions of making clay, coil building, polishing and firing. Each exquisite piece reflects hours spent hand-building, sanding, polishing and firing the pottery. The artist feels that her pottery truly comes alive once she has polished/burnished it. Over the years, she has studied various pit-firing processes of blackening the pottery and using horse-hair to create singed lines on her light-colored pieces. She has also developed her own firing process to achieve rich earth-tone finishes, which fit well with the style of pottery she creates.

The “Canvas “part of the show features Brent Nageli’s paintings of pottery and artifacts which beautifully capture the textures and spirit of Native American culture.

Brent Nageli: Perhaps the oil paintings of Brent Nageli are as breathtaking as they are because the artist spent his entire life practicing within his heart and soul, all the while believing that canvas would forever elude him. Nageli is colorblind. It is a condition his teachers discovered when, as a child, he purposely colored faces green. And so, it was a trick of biology that colored Nageli’s artistic spirit and the world of artistic creation for which he longed. Impressionistic paintings emerged first but it wasn’t long until Nageli’s life-long interest and admiration for Native Americans led him to the Powell Museum in Page, AZ, where a beautiful old pot caught his eye. For Nageli, recreating it in oil paints on canvas was now a natural response. Captured beautifully were the pot’s sumptuous earth tones and the radiance of lights against darks. The artist had found his calling.

Representing the works of celebrated contemporary artists of the southwest, CasaBella Fine Art gallery is located in the quaint Joesler Village, and features an ever- evolving world class collection of paintings, photography, sculpture, glass art, ceramics and jewelry. Gallery hours are 11am – 8pm Tuesday through Saturdays, 10am to 5pm Sundays, and by appointment only on Mondays. For details visit www.casabellafineart.com . Address: 4425 N. Campbell Avenue, phone: 520-270-4544.